Two more charged in campus fight
Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 01:12
Two more Southern Miss students were arrested Thursday in connection with last week’s on-campus fight involving two guns that left two other students behind bars, including Southern Miss quarterback Anthony Alford. In addition, Alford’s original aggravated assault charges were dropped, and he was charged with conspiracy to possess a weapon on school property and hindering prosecution.
Curtis Williams, a 19-year-old from Sumrall, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property, hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.
Bradford Drummond, also 19, of Moss Point was arrested and charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.
Both were arrested Thursday evening and taken to the Forrest County Jail.
Alford, a freshman, and Korey Hathorn, a junior, were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a fight was reported near the Walker Science Building around 11 a.m. that day. University Police Chief Bob Hopkins said the fight, which involved four people, left no one injured. Though two guns were allegedly involved in the incident, none were fired.
Hathorn was charged with felony possession of a weapon on campus by a student and taken to the Forrest County Jail Wednesday afternoon.
Eddie Holloway, Dean of Students at the University of Southern Mississippi, said the students arrested in connection with the incident would be placed on interim suspension until a hearing with the Dean of Student’s office is held.
“We’ll schedule a hearing and follow the steps from there,” Holloway said in a press conference Wednesday after Alford’s and Hathorn’s arrests.
According to the Hattiesburg American, per his bond, Alford is not allowed contact with any of the alleged victims or co-defendants in the case, and he is not allowed on campus without written consent. His bond was set at $5,000 according to jail records.
Hathorn, whose bond was set at $10,000, also faces suspension and possibly expulsion from the university pending a hearing with Holloway’s office.
Holloway said he was unsure as to how the incident would affect Alford’s future with the Golden Eagle football team.